Dihydroceramides: From Bit Players to Lead Actors

An interesting article has been published on The Journal of Biological Chemistry  by Dr. Monowarul Mobin Siddique of School of Biosciences. The details can be accessed here

Published research on Natural Products

Recent findings on detailed structure elucidation and biological activity of six new indole alkaloids and two new vobasinyl-iboga bisindole alkaloids, in addition to other known alkaloids isolated from the stem-bark extract of the Malayan Tabernaemontana corymbosa have been published on Journal of Natural Products by Dr. Lim Kuan-Hon of School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, …

Brain imaging and machine learning to diagnose mild traumatic brain injury

“In this work, we are developing novel diagnostic methods for mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) using brain imaging (e.g., electroencephalography) and machine learning (e.g., support vector machines) techniques to supplement and enhance traditional approaches”, Dr. Jason Satel of School of Psychology explained, the outcomes have been published on relevant international journals. Sculthorpe-Petley, L., Liu, C., Hajra, …

Researches at Center of Excellence for Post-harvest Biotechnology (CEPB) on mongabay.com

  “For the last two years, Asgar has worked to design a solution at the Center of Excellence for Post-harvest Biotechnology at the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia campus. The resulting safe, permeable coating keeps tomatoes fresh for up to 20 days, even at temperatures of 68 degrees Fahrenheit.” Prof. Asgar Ali, Director of CEPB has been …

Travelling pollution – East Asian human activities affect air quality in remote tropical forests

Research led by Dr Matt Ashfold in the School of Biosciences is featured in a press release from the European Geosciences Union. The release begins: “Researchers from the UK and Malaysia have detected a human fingerprint deep in the Borneo rainforest in Southeast Asia. Cold winds blowing from the north carry industrial pollutants from East …

Exciting new publications

Veronica Alicia Yap, Bi-Juin Loong, Kang-Nee Ting, Sandy Hwei-San Loh, Kien-Thai Yong, Yun-Yee Low, Toh-Seok Kam, Kuan-Hon Lim (January 2015). Hispidacine, an unusual 8,4’-oxyneolignan-alkaloid with vasorelaxant activity, and hispiloscine, an antiproliferative phenanthroindolizidine alkaloid, from Ficus hispida Linn. Phytochemistry, Volume 109, Pages 96–102. (check it here) The paper describes the detailed structure elucidation and biological activity …

Expert talk for science students at careers day

The recent UNMC Health Sciences Careers Day, aptly titled ‘Script Your Future’, presented a great opportunity for students to discuss industrial career options with some of the country’s most talented healthcare professionals, all under one roof. The three-hour talk, organised by UNMC Careers Advisory Services, was held at Lecture Hall F3A12 with participation from two …

GPS, camera traps and dung expose the secret life of endangered elephants

A very nice feature to the MEME project on the University web site (see here, and make sure that you take a look at the very interesting video).

MEME/Sime Darby Launch

Professor Peter Mitchell and I were lucky enough to be invited to the official launch of the MEME (Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants) project, which has been funded by Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD). The launch event was held at the Belum Rainfoest Resort. It is around this area that a lot of the work …

Drone demonstration over campus

The MEME project demonstrated one of their drones to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia recently (1st Mar 2013). We were privileged to have four people from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia attend the demonstration, these being Dato’ Abd Rasid Samsudi – Director General, Department of Wildlife and National …